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Seminar: “River Cane – Our Native Bamboo” with Sandra Villasenor

June 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

“Cane Creek. Caney Fork. Cane Branch. It seems every… community has them — place names that ring with echoes of a formerly widespread plant that holds great ecological and cultural significance here. It’s river cane, an evergreen grass that once covered hundreds of thousands of acres along the waterways of the southeastern U.S., creating a rule of thumb old-time farmers used for soil fertility. It was said that 10-foot-tall cane grew in good soil, while 30-foot-tall cane indicated the best soil around.” Excerpt from River Cane – Key to Restoring a Signature Mountain Ecosystem.

Sandra grew up in Apex, a small town in Wake County, and later moved to Raleigh for undergraduate school. She attended Meredith college and pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a sociology minor. During her time at Meredith, Sandra found her true calling in environmental work and conservation, leading to conducting research in Costa Rica on insectivorous bats and Puerto Rico on bee populations. Sandra also has experience working with diverse communities, serving as youth coordinator where she engaged Latino/Hispanic youth to serve in community projects.

Overall, Sandra is excited to serve as RiverLink’s Watershed Coordinator and dedicate her time and energy to contributing to Asheville’s watershed conservation efforts.

Seminars are held via Zoom on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Central Time (7:30 p.m. Eastern Time) and last about one hour. All members and potential members are welcome to join the meeting. The link to join this seminar is:


June 18
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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